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Julie said she enjoys working with people of all ages,
and finds the results very rewarding. She prefers
working with people who are fearful of the water.
Her goal is for her clients to look at water and
associate it with fun.
Through a program called “Safety Around The
Water” at the YMCA in Venice, Julie teaches second
graders how to swim. The students are brought in
from area schools and are given basic swimming
lessons as part of the program.
The YMCA received an endowment fund to initiate
the program to teach all second grade students how
She also recently became certified to teach adult
“I love to swim and I want everyone else to love it,
too,” she said. “It is so incredibly rewarding and it is
my pleasure to do this and it’s an honor.”
With that in mind, she is part of a brand new adult
learn-to-swim program at the YMCA.
Julie and the two other swimming instructors at the
YMCA were certified for the adult learn to swim
program through United States Masters Swimming.
“We work with adults who have little or no aquatic
experience, and teach them how the water supports
us, and how to safely move through what can be to
some a foreign environment.”
She is currently working with a couple who never
learned how to swim and are now in their eighties.
“There is a fear factor involved for many people
who weren’t raised around water,” she said. “I want
to help them manage their fear so it no longer
Top photos: Julie
teaching an adult
student at the YMCA.
Right: Julie speaks with
one of the second grade
students; Julie instructs
Javon Harbin, Makayla
Seibert, Tyler Vanderpoel,
Jayce Mickey, Avery
Winegard, Caleb Smith
having fun in the pool.
Left: Julie with Emma